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More quirky art installations go up at Qatar’s Hamad airport

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Arctic Nurseries of El Dorado by Marc Quinn.
Arctic Nurseries of El Dorado by Marc Quinn.

Travelers getting tired of taking selfies with Lamp Bear at Hamad International Airport now have a few more options to try out.

This week, Qatar Museums announced the installation of new works by prominent European artists, including Arctic Nurseries of El Dorado by British artist Marc Quinn.

The painted bronze statue of a hybrid plant is in front of the immigration counters on the departures level.

Quinn has created more than a dozen flower sculptures since 1998, according to the artist’s website, combining species that would never naturally grow together and capturing them in a “perfect state of bloom.”

The artwork at HIA appears to be part of The Nurseries of El Dorado series.

The other new art installation at the airport is Rudolf Stingel’s Untitled, which appears to be in the public area of the arrivals concourse.

Rudolf Stingel’s Untitled.
Rudolf Stingel’s Untitled.

Designed to “reflect on the passage of time,” the piece originally consisted of three large surfaces covered with reflective aluminum-faced insulation panels, according to QM.

While work on HIA was underway, the Italian artist invited members of the airport’s construction team to draw on the panels before they were cast in copper and electroplated in gold.

A third sculpture is expected to be added in the coming weeks. Qatari artist Ali Hassan, who already has two pieces on display at HIA, has created an 8X6m unconventional interpretation of a desert horse, represented by different forms of the Arabic letter “ن.”

Growing collection

The growing collection of work at HIA “proves that art can be enjoyed far beyond the confines of an art gallery,” QM acting CEO Mansoor bin Ebrahim Al Mahmoud said in a statement.

Tom Claassen's oryx statues.
Tom Claassen’s oryx statues.

In addition to the sculptures and images displayed in the airport’s premium lounges, HIA also features a herd of oryx sculptures in the arrival area by Dutch artist Tom Claassen.

But the most well-known piece is Urs Fischer’s seven-meter tall Lamp Bear. While the installation draws mixed reactions from travelers, it has easily become one of the most shared images of HIA on social media:

http://twitter.com/StuffedTeddy/status/624298868407181312

http://www.instagram.com/p/83NWQRCNur

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